As of 2010, the latest of the Mega Man (Classic) series.In the year 20XX, an outbreak of a robotic-virus known as the "Roboenza" runs rampant across the globe. Roll becomes infected with the virus, and the situation becomes worse as time passes and a cure is not found. Several robots become berserk and attack the city. One day, Dr. Wily appears in Dr. Light's lab with his capsule damaged and asks for help. Mega Man saves Wily from crashing and Wily says that Roboenza-infected robots attacked his spaceship and stole the parts to the of a medicine-making machine he had been working on to cure the virus. Mega Man agrees to retrieve the stolen parts from the eight Robot Masters. Before he begins, Proto Man arrives to help Mega Man, believing the job to be too big for just one of them and the two join forces to acquire the cure. Meanwhile, Bass sets out on his own to challenge these new robots.Robot Masters:
DWN-073: Blade Man, weak to Commando Bomb, gives Triple Blade
DWN-074: Pump Man, weak to Thunder Wool, gives WaterShield
Spot the Impostor: the Final Boss, where there are two Wily Capsules, one piloted by the real Wily and the other a decoy. The decoy is easy to tell apart by its appearance alone. More subtly, the real Wily would occasionally sneeze (following up from a cutscene before the Wily stages, where Wily sneezes upon signing off his announcement).
Expy: Suzak and Fenix are pretty much flying versions of Heat Man, having roughly the same attacks.
Me's a Crowd: An otherwise-weak enemy (Yonbain) in Solar Man's stage will do this if you don't kill it quickly.
Mythology Gag: There was also a Blade Man in the infamous Mega Man 3 (DOS) for the PC. Even more amusing, that Blade Man's signature weapon, the Blade Launcher, also launched a Spread Shot of three blades, similar to the Triple Blade. Even more amusing is that both Blade "Men" have purple as their dominant color.
Pinball Projectile: Strike Man's Rebound Striker qualifies- on the third bounce, it heads directly for Mega Man.
Player Guided Missile: The Commando Bomb can change directions in mid-air by pressing the appropriate direction (up, down, left, or right) after firing it.
Pop The Tires: The reasoning behind Nitro Man's weakness against the Chill Spike.
Promoted to Playable: Proto Man is playable from the start this time, unlike Mega Man 9; this time, Bass, who was curiously absent in 9, is available via DLC. He plays virtually identical to how he did in Mega Man & Bass, only without the double-jump.
Bass wasn't completely gone from 9; he appears◊ in the ending. Additionally, Word of God has it that Bass was undergoing adjustments at the time, possibly hinting to his DLC appearance in the next title.
Save the Villain: In the ending, when Mega Man discovers that Dr. Wily has become very sick himself, he decides right then and there to take him to a hospital. In apparent gratitude, Wily leaves behind enough antidote to cure the Roboenza outbreak when he makes his escape.